Meet courageous entrepreneurs who followed their passion

Learn to work smarter, not harder, from those who started a business while working a full-time job, but never lost sight of the need for balance.

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    Jennifer Stewart-Gateway Productivity

    Succeeding in business after leaving a partnership

    Jennifer Stewart is the founder of Gateway Productivity, a company which helps you learn new technologies and master the tools that will help you work smarter. Before starting Gateway Productivity, Jennifer worked in entertainment management and finance but found her passion was helping people master their productivity. Sanjay and Jennifer discuss starting a new business, leaving partnerships, and going virtual.

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    Artificial intelligence Small business

    Artificial intelligence: Small business' friend or foe?

    Artificial intelligence (AI) — it’s all anyone seems to be talking about. From ChatGPT creating travel itineraries based on a prompt of a few sentences, to audio engineers mixing new music with well-known artists' voices, AI is impacting all industries. But what about small businesses? We spoke to three owners to understand how AI impacts their business and if this technology should be considered a friend or a foe.

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    Eileen Lee - The Lola

    Creating inclusive spaces for women to collaborate

    Eileen Lee is the founder of The Lola, a digital community and an all-inclusive co-working space in Atlanta. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, The Lola’s focus is on personal growth and development while providing meaningful networking opportunities for women. Sanjay and Eileen discuss starting a business just before the pandemic, the trouble with brick and mortars, and building inclusive spaces.

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    Yvonne Mashburn Schmidt, Georgia Genealogist

    Going against the status quo when starting a business

    Yvonne Mashburn Schmidt is the Founder of The Georgia Genealogist, a genealogy business that specializes in Georgia and Deep South Research, Genetic Genealogy, and Forensic Genealogy. Yvonne is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and holds an additional certification from Boston University. Yvonne and Sanjay discuss charging the proper rates, accepting payments, and the challenges of a work-life balance.

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    Building your second business with intention

    Daniel Roberts is the founder of VidLoft, a cloud-based video solution that includes gear, training, and editing at a tenth of the price of traditional video production, allowing more companies to be video-first organizations. Having formerly owned a video production company prior to founding VidLoft, Daniel shares what he learned about founding and selling a company, managing cashflow, and discovering your niche. 

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